I forgot what made me decide to listen to him again and download his next work, Because the Internet. And let me tell you, no regrets.
And as a musician, he has greatly improved. The lyrics are playful. Half-Thai thickie, all she wanna do is Bangkok, from IV. Sweatpants and I got no patience, cause I'm not a doctor, Girl why you lyin'? Girl why you Mufasa? from V. 3005. Puns and snarky comments here and there but you will definitely not notice it till three weeks into listening to the album. There is some depth into his lyrics, especially in the song II. Earth: The Oldest Computer (Last Night).
Yeah, break free from all of the insides
They godless, denied us
But we don't give a damn about the next day
We were never here, never know if the world change
Common sense, the consequences
Retweet the truth then regret the mentions
We are the wireless survivors of things gone
Slaves to the unnamed, never live long
Live and die by the line, never know fear
Even I won't survive, is it unfair?
Is it unfair? Cause I don't care
When I step on that ant on the grass
Progress the only thing that will last
3005, the year that we fear, only God will survive
To be alone is alive
Now don't get me started on the sound. From one point you have delicate music like Playing Before the Party Starts, I. Flight of the Navigator, and III. Urn where Gambino's voice is muffled with filters or even nonexistent. I. The Worst Guys, II. Shadows, III. Telegraph Ave and I. Pink Toes have him singing and rapping at his best, in my opinion, with the sickest beats I have heard in a while. It almost feels like floating, no weed needed. But he shows you that he can go hard too with IV. Sweatpants and I. Crawl. He can also put all those three sounds into one song, Ii. Worldstar. One minute it's men chanting "WORLDSTAR!", someone getting shot, Gambino rapping about domination, and the next it's him singing softly with piano jazz and trap beats. (They all make sense with the screenplay, sort of). It's a much more mature sound than Royalty and Camp. It's a much more appropriate sound where he has equal singing and rapping.
This is Childish Gambino, but we all know it's Donald Glover. He finally got off the bus a man.
- Anna Cayco
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